In the first half of 2002, the surplus of the consolidated budget amountedto RUR184.6bn (about $5.85bn), while in the corresponding period of 2001,it was RUR179bn (about $5.67bn). Budget profits reached RUR1.577 trillion(about $49.98bn) as compared to RUR1.206 trillion (about $38.22bn) in 2001,including RUR1.252 trillion (about $39.68bn) in tax revenues. Budgetexpenditures were RUR1.393 trillion (about $44.15bn) against RUR1.027trillion (about $32.55bn) in the first half of 2001. This data was releasedby the State Statistics Committee of Russia.In the first six months of 2002, the budget allotted RUR1.119 trillion(about $35.46bn) for supporting specific industries, social and culturalevents, national defense, state administration and law-enforcementactivities. This sum amounted to 80.4 percent of total budget expendituresas compared to 74.8 percent in the first half of 2001..
Mysterious philanthropist, Rustem Magdeev, had agreed, at his own expense, to donate a sculpture of Rudolf Nureyev, made by Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, to the Kazan Opera and Ballet Theatre